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Spending on Congressional Staff Is Less Than Lobbying Expenditures

May 30, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
“The entire House and Senate combined now spend less on staff ($2 billion a year) than corporations spend on reported lobbying ($2.6 billion a year). But since that reported… Read More

Senate Does Not Raise Staff Salaries

May 26, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
  Senate appropriators did not follow the House’s lead and increase funding for personal staff…(Read more at Meanwhile, a recent report by the Congressional Research Service shows… Read More

The Legislative Branch’s Big Oversight Problem

May 26, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
The federal government has seen a century of growth. In 1915, the government had only a handful of departments, 400,000 employees (half of whom worked for the U.S. Postal… Read More

House Appropriators Approve Small Pay Raise for Personal Staff

May 25, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
Something remarkable happened a week ago: a committee in Congress voted to spend a little bit more money on congressional staff. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., offered the amendment to… Read More

House GOP May Require Printing of Appropriations Amendments

May 24, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
“House Republicans may soon require members who wish to amend spending bills to file their proposals in the Congressional Record before a floor vote — a maneuver designed to… Read More

Last Call: Please Complete the Quickie Survey On Congress!

May 24, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
we want our meetings and research to focus on your interests. So please complete the survey at: It takes 3 minutes and is utterly anonymous. Thank you!… Read More

Trends in Congressional and Support Agency Staffing

May 23, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
Lee Drutman and Steven Teles’ article, “A New Agenda for Political Reform,” include charts showing the decline in the number of staff….(Read more at Washington Monthly). This… Read More

Strengthening Congressional Oversight Through Crowd-Sourcing

May 23, 2016  ·  Kevin Kosar
Congress has a big problem when it comes to oversight. The federal government has grown vastly larger over the past century, but Congress has done little to empower itself… Read More

First Meeting of LBCWG Draws 50+ Attendees

May 19, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
Rep. John Sarbanes speaks. Also pictured: Kevin R. Kosar and Lee Drutman. More than 50 staffers, think-tankers, and academics attended the inaugural meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. Read More

To Be Effective Legislators, Members of Congress Need Expert Resources of Their Own

May 19, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
Professor James Curry (University of Utah) is the author of Legislating in the Dark: Information and Power in the House of Representatives (University of Chicago Press, 2015). He writes: “Public… Read More